High-Visibility Orange Vest
High-Visibility Neon Green Vest

High-visibility clothing is a type of personal protective equipment (PPE), is any clothing worn that has high reflective properties or a color that is easily recognizable from any background. Yellow waistcoats worn by emergency services are a common example. Occupational wearers of clothing with high-visibility features include railway, highway workers, airport workers, and/or other places where workers are near moving vehicles. Cyclists wear high-visibility clothing when riding in urban areas of traffic. Hunters may be required to wear select high-visibility clothing to prevent accidental shooting.

ArmyNavyShop.com has a variety of vests that benefit workers for visibility.

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  • Law Enforcement: the importance of a tactical vest with multiple capabilities. The vest should comprise of a variety of utility pouches, i.e., radio pouch, mic clips, and more
  • Security: a vest should be reflective and have four-season adjustability that allows for accurate sizing in any weather, even over bulky coats.
  • EMS: a vest should be reflective with a 5-point breakaway system. The vest should include hook, loop closures, and radio pockets.


The Hurt Report (1981), found that very few motorcyclists involved in collisions wore high-visibility clothing, and that just over half of the collisions studied, nearly two-thirds of those involving another vehicle, were due to the motorist unintentionally violating the motorcyclist's right-of-way. "This dominant culpability of the driver of the other vehicle...emphasizes the special need for high-contrast conspicuity for the motorcyclist and rider."

A New Zealand case-control study found that if their odds ratios were non-confounded, the population attributed risks were 33% for wearing no reflective or fluorescent clothing; one-third of motorbike accidents might have been prevented by wearing "high-visibility clothing."


Traffic risks to the cyclist are similar to those faced by motorcyclists (See: SMIDSY), with the main differences being that bicycling speeds are typically lower, and the bicyclist wears less protective gear. In a 2009 study, most UK cyclists and almost all motorists believed that high-visibility clothing would increase cyclists' visibility.  Almost all drivers agreed that cyclists need to wear reflective clothing in low-lighting environments; whereas, less than 3/4 of cyclists (72%) agreed, and less than half claimed that they always wear reflective clothing.

  • A Cochrane Systematic Review of research evidence for the effectiveness of visibility aids (fluorescent and retro reflective clothing and equipment) was carried out by Kwan and Mapstone (2006). The authors found that 42 studies which collectively suggested that fluorescent clothing could increase the distance at which drivers could detect, then recognize, cyclists in daylight conditions. The same review found evidence that retro-reflective materials worn by cyclists at night had a similar effect on driver perceptions.
  • A 2009 Australian study of drivers trying to see stationary cyclists on a closed circuit found that fluorescent vests (without retro-reflective stripes) were not a significant improvement on black clothing at night, and that retro-reflective strips were more effective when attached to knees and ankles than on a more or less static jacket.
  • A 2012 British case-control study showed a non-significant increase in the odds of a crash for users of reflective conspicuity aids while cycling.

  • In 2014, a further case-control study conducted in Canada, reported a decrease in the odds of a collision with a motor vehicle when wearing light (not specifically fluorescent) colored clothing in daylight, but an increase in the odds of a collision for cyclists using fluorescent clothing (and lights) at night. The number of conspicuity aids used was positively associated with an increase in collision crash odds but a non-significant reduction in the likelihood of hospitalization. These results show a large safety effect in simulated or experimental conditions, but little, if any, benefit of conspicuity aids use in observations of actual utility cyclists. This apparent contradiction may arise because of a form of risk compensation. Cyclists using conspicuity aids might be overestimating the level of protection conspicuity aids actually confer when used while cycling in traffic.

  • Since 2014, New York City regulations require commercial bikers, i.e., restaurant delivery persons or bike messengers, to wear high-visibility clothing while riding. 


The American National Standards Institute published standard 107 for high-visibility clothing in 1999. The standard defines three classes of successively more-visible garments, to protect workers exposed to successively higher levels of risk from motor vehicles and heavy equipment. The International Safety Equipment Association developed the standard, with revisions in 2004 and 2010.

The standard specifies three classes of activities and the minimum quantity of fluorescent and retro reflective material to be worn in each class.

  • Class 1 activities are a relatively low hazard from slow-moving vehicles, i.e., in a parking lot. Garments must have retro reflective strips 1 inch wide and a minimum of 217 square inches of fluorescent material.
  • Class 2 activities take place in proximity to vehicles moving up to 25 miles per hour, i.e., railway workers or school crossing guards. The standard requires reflective bands of greater width and 755 square inches of conspicuously colored fabric.
  • Class 3 activities take place near traffic moving faster than 25 miles per hour, i.e., highway construction. The standard requires at least 1240 square inches of fluorescent fabric, and two-inch retro reflector bands. Only very large vests have enough area to meet this standard; full sleeves may be required. A further class of garment is Class E high visibility pants, which, in conjunction with a Class 2 or Class 3 vest, are recommended by the standard for Class 3 activities.

Ranger/Hunter Camouflage Vest
DEER HUNTERS wear blaze orange for identification as humans, not game animals. Hunting laws in each state or province may require hunters to wear designated garments in blaze orange to prevent mis-identification of humans as game animals and consequent shooting accidents. The required total visible area and times may vary by jurisdiction, and by the type of hunting in the area. 

HUNTING CLOTHES are offered in blaze orange and camouflage, where the bright orange color is plainly visible to the human eye, but the shape of the hunter is broken up by irregular patterns to prevent identification as a threat by game animals such as deer, which cannot see the color.

Also Interesting to Note:
  • Every day approximately 3,000 people die and 30,000 people are seriously injured on the world's roads. A disproportionate burden is borne by low to middle income countries and vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, and riders of motorcycles and scooters.
  • By 2020, road traffic crashes are projected to be the third leading cause of death and disability worldwide 
  • Low motorcycle conspicuity, or the inability of the motorcyclist to be seen by other road users, is thought to be a significant factor associated with risk of motorcycle crashes. 
  • This may result from several factors, including the size of motorcycle, irregular outline, low-luminance, or contrast with the background environment, and the ability to travel in unexpected places in the traffic stream. Inexpensive measures can potentially enhance conspicuity; i.e., adding a light source and the use of light, bright relective, or fluorescent colors.

Cited Works

"ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 MADE EASY: A Quick Reference to High-Visibility Safety Apparel." 3M.
"High-visibility clothing." Rail Safety and Standards Board (2008).
Hurt, H.H., Jr. Ouellet J.V. & Wagar I.J. (1981a). Effectiveness of Motorcycle Safety Helmets and Protective Clothing, Proceedings of the American Association for Automotive Medicine
Hurt, H.H., Jr. Ouellet J.V. & Thom, D.R. (1981b). Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures. (DOT HS 805 862). Washington, D.C.: National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.
Siff, Andrew. "NYC to crack down on food delivery cyclists." NBC New York. NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Apr. 2015.
Wells, et al. (2004). "Motorcycle rider conspicuity and crash related injury: case-control study." Nguyen. BMJ Publishing, Inc., Dec. 2014. Web. 11 Apr. 2015.

Steven Sotloff Another American Journalist Beheaded by ISIS

And now American journalists! Yesterday, ISIS cut the head off Steven Sotloff and posted it for all to see. Obama did what he always does - makes idle threats. I may be in the minority, but if the only way to get these animals is to put boots on the ground in Syria, then lets go after them before American heads start rolling here in America! It's time we showed the world America's might once again. Who else is tired of America becoming the laughing stock to the rest of the world?

Does anyone think that these guys are bluffing about coming to America in 60 days?
Let's see, that brings us to Halloween. Think about it....
They think nothing of cutting heads off of children.

It's time to wake up and seriously start fighting them. I think what is beginning to emerge here is what has been predicted - an attack on American soil that will be worse than 9-11. These horrible beheadings are just a warning to us that worse is yet to come, and we appear to be doing nothing about it.

NOTE: Since this tragic episode, a third man was beheaded by these monsters. And they announced a 4th. David Haines, a British aid worker was beheaded, and ISIS announced Alan Henning, another British aid worker to be next. There are many more kidnapped American and European humanitarian workers including an American 26 year old woman. Her family has asked that her name not be released, but unless we get boots, and lots of them, on the ground in Syria, her fate and the fate of many others, is grim. 

On 9-13-14, the CIA increased the estimated number of ISIS members has grown to a staggering 31,500. How many are in your town waiting to behead you just for wearing a cross around your neck? I'm sure I'm not alone in predicting that beheadings will come to our own country soon, if we do not declare WAR on these people!

I'll keep adding things here that I've read from reliable news agencies.

ISIS cut a 5 year old boy in half!
They've torn a woman in half by tying her legs to one car and arms to another.
They mass buried women and children alive.

Anyone still think we should just close our eyes to it?

ISIS is cutting heads off children!

I don't care if you are a Democrat or a Republican, or one of the many in this country that do not even vote. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that ISIS, the extremist group in Iraq that is taking over the Country is a threat to the entire world! For those of you who are in the dark about this, ISIS has removed anyone who is not willing to convert to Islam from their homes and taken them over. Presently there are about 40,000 dis-placed people that are now in desert mountains without food or water. That's the ones that escaped. This horrible group forces you to convert of die. If you think that I am exaggerating, click on the links below. I am going to at least warn you that the images are very, very harsh and disturbing. They include a little girl beheaded, so only look at them if you have a strong stomach. I usually post images right in my blog posts, but these are just too disturbing to do that way.

Little Girl - Very Disturbing!

These Guys MUST be stopped!

Beheading Men for Media Attention!

Whether you looked at the images, or not, just imagine a knock on the door, and a gun pointed to your head. You are told to gather your family and convert to Islam or die. You can't call the police - this is an army larger than the police force. Even if you conform, you still lose everything you owned. You have no choice but to grab your family and run. 
Some may say that if you tell them you'll convert, you can live. But it's been confirmed that even after you convert, they are beheading people. It's hard to believe this is going on right now! What is even more disturbing is that nobody in the entire world is coming to the aid of these people! 

I would think that the super powers of the world would get involved to stop this genocide, but so far, nothing... My blog post is simply a message to anyone who may not be aware of this. It's the mass execution of all Christians in Iraq. Do you think it will spread? Is the good old United States safe? 
How long before just carrying one of these challenge coins results in your own beheading?

Think about it.

A Great Time Of Year For Camping!

When I was kid, I used to believe that when I grew and had a family, I would have plenty of time for camping and to just enjoy the great outdoors anytime I wanted.  However, that doesn't typically or whimsically happen in the real world with always being caught up in daily life, i.e., work, school, family needs. For the average full time hard-working person life rarely affords those moments. Time just gets away. Instead, those moments must be deliberated, anticipated (with much joy), and then strategically planned. 
Just before the kids go back to school, many families traditionally take an end of summer vacation.  Ours is no different. Camping trips typically offer a variety in rewarding getaways and can be cost-effective to fit any budget, including a family budget.  Whether you prefer mountains, outdoors or indoors, there are so many ways to enjoy camping.  Moreover, camping provides an opportunity to get away from it all and get in touch with and back to nature.

Luxury Camping

Whether you choose indoor camping or go old-fashioned outdoor camping, it is always best to make sure that your camping gear and equipment is in good condition.  Planning a camping trip can also be a good excuse to replace or invest in some new camping gear and/or hiking gear.

Here is a short sample of the things you'll need to make your camping experience easier and be on your way:  For example, sleeping bags, blankets, tent, tarp, duct tape, rope, fire-starter, a reliable knife, stakes & bolts, first-aid kit, insect repellent, compass, cooking items, games and toys for the kids, and miscellaneous items, just to name a few things.
A good checklist, which will vary depending on the type of camping, activities you're planning, and your destination, can be helpful in planning and gathering equipment

Whether you're headed for the Adirondacks, the Appalachian Trail, way out west for a California Adventure, or somewhere in between, the Army Navy Shop can help accommodate your clothing needs as well as gearing you up with all the essentials for a successful camping trip or just a weekend getaway!
Lastly, there are so many great places to go camping and hiking.  Not sure where you want to go camping?  Though not a complete or comprehensive list, we've scoped out a list of 26 best and most popular places for hiking and camping.

Go on and revel in the beauty of nature, the grandiosity of the outdoors, solitude and fun towards achieving the classic camping adventure and making some great memories along the way. Most of all, take time to enjoy your life!

Looks Like Citizens Will Be Securing Our Borders - HUH???

Secure our borders before these guys do!

OK, so this is just my opinion, but doesn't something seem wrong here? Isn't it time our government woke up and put a big giant fence or wall or something up along ALL of our Mexican borders. Why is this so hard? We've spent billions sending men to the moon, but can't secure our own borders. And now it looks like we may spend billions more just to take care of the illegals who are crossing over every day! Just put a damn giant wall up!
And now there are at least two private groups trying to recruit citizens to go down to our borders and secure them. I smell trouble here. Not that I disagree, because something has to be done. I'm just not so sure that a bunch of private angry citizens will stay peaceful. I recall in 1969 when Hell's Angels were informally hired to act as security at a Rolling Stones concert in California (Altamont Speedway). For those that are too young to remember, it was a disaster that included stabbings murder, guns, band members being beat up, people being trampled - well, you get the idea.
There is a big difference though between Hell's Angels, who did the gig for $500 worth of free beer, and the groups that are planning on going down to secure our borders. The first group is The Minuteman Project led by Jim Gilchrist, a former US Marine. That project is called Operation Normandy, but unlike the invasion of Normandy, they do not plan on crossing the border.

Another group simple calling themselves "Patriots" are already down there in 4 locations in Texas and 3 in Arizona. They are seeking donations to purchase things such as night vision goggles and other tactical gear.
Both groups are saying that the government is not securing our borders, and somebody has to. The Minutemen Project can be reached at http://minutemanproject.com or calling them at 949-587-5199.
The other group mentioned here can be found at http://www.thethreepercenters.org

I'm not encouraging anyone to join a militia group, but simply wanted to help make people aware of the situation.
I'm just hoping and praying that maybe, just maybe our government will wake up and stop rewarding people who cross our borders illegally, and start making plans to secure our borders, before a war breaks out at them.
Illegals just strolling on in

 Border Patrol Cap
Border Patrol Cap

USMC - Leave No Man Behind - What about Tahmooressi???

We here at Army Navy Shop plead with you to read this and sign the White House petition. Apparently, it's the only way they'll get involved!
On March 25th Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi accidentally missed a turn and wound up in Mexico. Sounds like no big deal, but for Tahmooressi it was the beginning of a huge nightmare. Apparently he had guns in his truck. Now after trying to escape and trying to stab himself with a broken light bulb, he's starting to get National attention. The White House has been asked to step in, but they will not do anything without 100,000 signatures. He only has 40,000. I guess it's OK for the White House to step in and free prisoners in American prisons, but if one gets stuck in Mexico, that's not a priority. For God's sake, this guy is a decorated Marine! The guy has a clean record. He has two tours in Afghanistan under his belt. Let's pressure Mexico to release him!
Like many of his fellow Marines, he suffers from PTSD and moved to San Diego for treatment.
His family stresses that they do not want others, whether it be our military or a militia to try to remove him because they fear it would put others in danger. Well folks, that leaves political intervention. Wake up Obama! From what I understand if 100,000 people sign the petition, the White House MUST get involved. I hate that it would take that for Obama to step in and try to get this United States Marine out of a Mexican prison. Wake up Mr. President! Do something NOW!
Another option, dare I say, is for Americans to simply stop going to Mexico for anything! Cripple their tourism! Stop buying Mexican products. If our government won't step in, let's start a boycott on Mexico!
I urge everyone who agrees, that Tahmooressi should be freed, to sign the petition here

Fishing and Hunting Can Be Fun

by Chris Vegvary

I’ve been fishing a couple of times in my life, but I couldn’t really appreciate it at the time. You see, I was a kid at the time, and standing or sitting around in one spot for long periods of time while waiting for a something to bite (or get stuck on a boot or some other type of trash) didn’t exactly appeal to me at the time. Not to mention that we always threw back whatever we caught, which really wasn’t too much. Now that those days are over, however, I find myself wanting to go sit in a boat somewhere and fish over the side.

I’ve never cleaned and gutted, or in any way hurt a fish, really, but I’m totally willing to learn how, because I realize at this point in my life that having certain skills can prove beneficial in the event of an apocalyptic situation, or even just in everyday life. While I’ve fired guns and rifles before, I’ve never gone hunting for a deer or anything like that. Again, though, it’s something I would be willing to try, because it’s an important survival skill. Probably not something you think about too much when you’re a kid, but I think that the sooner you realize and come to appreciate activities like hunting and fishing, the better.

I wish that my childhood had consisted of some form of hunting where I would take down a deer, skin it and do all the good, horrifying stuff that you have to do in order to make it edible, and then serve up some venison for dinner. Also, it would be nice to catch a decently sized fish of some kind and fry it up to eat after properly removing all the nasty stuff and making it ready for human consumption. That, or stick it on a plaque, mount it above the fireplace, and watch it sing and dance when I tell it to. Can’t say I’d mind having a large deer head also mounted above the fireplace, looking off to the side slightly as if it heard something right before it got taken out.

I’m not a huge fan of venison or fish, but if a situation came along to force me into eating these things for survival, I could make do. What I wish I could do, however, is make my own barbecue sauce in the wild, because that’s what I need on my venison to make it less tough. Also, I require my fish to be seasoned and cooked to perfection, restaurant-style…but I can live with just normal, fully-cooked fish and barbecue sauce made out of deer or elk blood. I refuse to let this go down any other way.

For some of the best in hunting and fishing supplies out there, I invite you to take a look around at the merchandise geared towards those very things over at www.armynavyshop.com.